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Volunteer in Chile

Volunteers looking for a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with an adventurous edge will love the Buena Onda (good vibes) that Chileans live by. Chile is known for its striking, extreme landscapes, including the Atacama Desert, the Andes Mountains, over 3,000 miles of coastline, and the undiscovered region of Patagonia. Chile has one of the strongest economies and one of the most stable democracies in Latin America. Ongoing efforts to eradicate extreme poverty in regions of the country offer volunteers the unique opportunity to work with locals for the improvement of their communities.

As a volunteer in Chile, you can choose between helping teach English, being a caregiver at a daycare center, working in a rehabilitation center for children and teens with physical disabilities, or assisting with daily tasks at a women’s shelter.

Project Information

Global Health

This Quest is an incredibly challenging yet rewarding experience. Volunteers will work at a medical facility that helps treat terminally ill and elderly patients. Volunteers will observe and assist the medical staff at the facility. As a volunteer you will listen, converse, and provide comfort and hygiene assistance to the patients.

Available Dates: Quests start every Sunday, year-round. (Project is closed in February and the last two weeks of December.)
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Requirements: At least 19 years old, advanced Spanish

Children and Education

Volunteers in Chile have the opportunity to teach English at a local school, care for children in small day care centers around Santiago, and provide support for both women and children at women’s shelters.

Children and Education Projects

Optional Quest Add-Ons

Spanish Language Immersion Course

Add ten private Spanish Language sessions to your Quest. This is a great way to enhance your Spanish conversational skills and will allow you to communicate better with your host family and volunteer project. This Spanish Immersion Course includes ten 90-minute private sessions at a language institute in Santiago. You will be able to schedule these sessions at your convenience, usually in the afternoons after you complete your volunteer work for the day.

15 hours of group Spanish Language lessons: $160
10 private Spanish Language sessions: $320

Quest Fees and Details

United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.

Included in Your Quest Fee

  • Lodging at a local homestay
  • Three home-cooked meals per day
  • Tour of Santiago and port towns of Viña del Mar and Valparaíso
  • Cultural activities and excursions (depending on length of stay)
  • Online pre-departure training with our Boston staff
  • In-country airport transportation
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • A United Planet t-shirt

Health and Safety

United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All Chile staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. In addition, we register all of our volunteers with US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations.  Read more about health and safety.

Transportation and Flights

Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from Chile. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Chile and will ensure that you arrive safely at your host house. Public transportation to and from your project is cheap and easy with Santiago’s public transportation system or on foot. Daily commuting costs are covered by volunteers.

Quest Fee

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About Our Quest Fee

We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.

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